There’s plenty of golfing life in the old dog yet. With a thrilling nine-under 63 in the final round, a charging Colin Montgomerie came from five shots behind to eventually win the QQQ Championship in a play-off against Berhard Langer.

The 56-year-old holed a 40-foot birdie putt on the final green during his last-day surge up the leaderboard in California as he ended on a 14-under aggregate of 202 alongside the prolific veteran Langer

In the resulting play-off, Langer took four shots to get out of a greenside bunker due to the back lip hindering his swing and took six to reach the green at the 18th.

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That meant a two-putt par was good enough to give Montgomerie his seventh victory on the Champions Tour and a first in just over two years.

"How often does that happen with Bernhard?" said Montgomerie of his rival’s misfortune. "I felt for him in that bunker there."

Monty’s thrust was aided by a chip-in birdie to start the back nine before he made an eagle-3 at the 11th. The Scot finished with a flourish and birdied two of his last three holes to force a sudden-death shoot-out.

"Eleven was key," admitted Montgomerie. "Ten, when I chipped in was a very good chip, but kept me going.

"Eleven, hang on, I'm suddenly leading. From third, fourth, suddenly boom, I'm leading now. So, there's a whole different feeling and then the one at the last was a massive bonus."